On November 9, 1936, in Galveston, Texas, God blessed Sadie Jackson and Courtney Bernard Murray with a precious baby girl. They named her Delores Jewel. Over time she would lovingly come to be known as “Mommy”, “Nahna”, “Dee”, “Aunt Dee”, and “Sistah. She was the second to the youngest of 6 children. “Dee” spent her early years in Galveston with “Daddy” (Courtney), “Big Mama” (Tempie Bell), “Uncle Walter”, “Uncle Clarence”, and “Aunt Willie Mae”. These are the people the Lord used to plant seeds of faith, love, family, wisdom and her endearing “southern charm” and hospitality. Combine these qualities with a smile that lit up the room and her captivating eyes, spending time with “Aunt Dee” always made you feel like you were at home.
Delores was educated in the Galveston school system in her early years. She also worked along side her family in her father’s business, the Tip Top Café. Additionally, she was educated at Holy Rosary in Lafayette, Louisiana, at Piney Woods in Piney Woods, MS, and at St. Peter Claver in San Antonio, TX. She also attended Howard University for a couple of years, but “Sistah” had a desire to try life in a place different from what she had been used to. At the age of 19, with the blessing of her father, she moved to Philadelphia, PA where she met and married Harold Frank Rex. From their union came two little girls, Sarae (Toni) and Novelette.
While in Philadelphia Delores briefly worked in retail and the Social Security Office. She also worked for the Department of Defense Aviation Supply Office (A.S.O.) for over 30 years until she retired. Here she met “the love of her life”, Dudley Williams. They married and spent many years together filled with lots of laughter and love between each other, family and friends.
Shortly after her retirement from the A.S.O. “Dee” and Dudley moved to Galveston to spend time with her father and the remaining members of her family. Delores was thankful that the Lord had allowed her life to come “full circle” by returning to Galveston. She was able to reunite with family, loved ones and friends (classmates) as well as make new friends even up to her passing.
On Wednesday, January 20, 2010, Delores left her earthly vessel to be present with the Lord. “Nahna” was loved by many and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She never met a stranger. She spent so much time caring for and helping others. “Mommy” opened her home to many who needed a place to stay while they were traveling through life’s crossroads. She gave. She loved. She encouraged. She offered words of wisdom to all with whom she crossed paths.
Delores left to celebrate her life two daughters and a son-in-law, Sarae Rex "Toni", Novelette (Curtis) Emery; step-daughters Marilyn (Barry) Hammond and Donna Wright; grandchildren, Amber, Ayana, and Curtis A. Emery, Karahn and Rhowshad Hammond, Joeland and Devaughn Holmes; brothers Rico (Gloria) Moreno (Courtney Murray, Jr.) and Gene (Joann) Grear; nieces and nephews, Barbara (Pat) Winston, Lettie Holden, Sadie Castanza, Reginald Campbell, Sheila Christian, Tina and Valina, Elmo Henderson, Corbit (Linda) Hinson, Lisa (Jerry Jenson) Hunter and Landis Hinson, Sterling Rex, Kim, Raymond and Sterling Hunt, Rico, Antonio, Victor, Felicia, Mark, Fernando and Sabrina Moreno (Giangiulio), Kelvin, Maryian and Karen (Brown) Grear; cousins, grand nieces, and nephews; beloved friends Isabelle Lane, Joyce Walker, Inez Lashley and Alvan Turner; and a lifetime of loved ones and friends.
Visitation will be held today from 5-8 PM at Fields-Johnson Family Mortuary. A service celebrating her life will be held at 11:00 a.m on Friday January 29, 2010 at the Avenue L Baptist Church, Rev. E. R. Johnson officiating, Rev. Gene Grear eulogist. Burial will follow at mainland Memorial Cemetery in Hitchcock, TX.